You can now get up to 12TB of storage capacity with Western Digital's MyBook Duo.
Although cloud data storage offers lots of benefits, there's still a place for local storage. Western Digital's MyBook external hard drives are well known, and now they've expanded the capacity.
The MyBook Duo now offers up to 12TB of storage, or 4TB, 6TB or 8TB. It ships with two hard drives that can be set up either as seperate drives, a single continuous drive or as a pair of redundant drives where all your data is saved on each drive automatically.
The MyBook Duo isn't a NAS - it doesn't directly connect to your router or network. Connectivity is to your computer via USB 3. However, if your computer only has USB 2 you can still use this although you won't get the full benefit of USB 3's increased performance.
As well as delivering local storage, the MyBook Duo integrates with DropBox so you can use it as a local copy of the data you store on the cloud. There's also backup software included and it works with computers running any operating system although you might need to reformat the drive to work correctly. But that's a pretty simple task.
The entry level unit, with 4TB of capacity retails for $400 with the cost rising to $900 for 12TB. While that might sound steep, it's worth noting that WD equips the MyBook Duo with their Red Drives. These are high reliability drives specifically designed to be in constant operation.